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IRELAND: Same-Sex Marriage Signed Into Law

Ireland’s same-sex marriage vote has been signed into law and weddings will commence by mid-November. “The Presidential Commission today signed the ‘Marriage Bill 2015’ into law,” the president’s office said in a statement, paving the way for the first weddings within a month. Ireland voted 62.1 percent in favour of allowing marriage between two people “without distinction as to their …

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Hillary Clinton: Vote “YES” On Houston LGBT Rights

Hillary Clinton today jumped into the Houston battle today in a tweet that preceded the below White House announcement by two hours. The Human Rights Campaign and Houston Unites are also going all-out in the last few days before the referendum.

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Obama & Biden: Vote “YES” On Houston LGBT Rights

With the referendum now five days away, today President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden gave a thumbs-up in the battle to retain Houston’s LGBT rights law. Two recent polls show the “Yes” side leading by a slim margin with a large percentage still undecided.

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Former Mets Star Lenny Dykstra: I Blackmailed Gay Umpires To Give Me Favorable Calls [VIDEO]

Former New York Mets center fielder and multiple felon Lenny Dykstra this week told a dumbfounded Fox Sports host that he hired private investigators to dig up dirt on umpires, some of them gay, from whom he then extorted favorable game decisions. CBS Sports reports: “Their blood is just as red as ours. Some of them like women, some of …

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House Panel Blocks Vote On Equality Act [VIDEO]

Yesterday Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) attempted to introduce the Equality Act as an amendment to an anti-union bill before the House Committee On Education & The Workforce. The amendment was blocked by a voice vote of the panel after Rep. David Roe (R-TN) objected on the grounds that the Equality Act is not germane to the main bill. More from …

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HAWAII: Lesbian Couple Files Federal Suit Against Cop They Say Arrested Them For Kissing In Public

A Los Angeles lesbian couple yesterday filed a federal lawsuit against a Honolulu police officer whom they accuse of arresting them for kissing in a grocery store. The couple was on a Hawaii vacation at the time. The Associated Press reports: Courtney Wilson and Taylor Guerrero, who were visiting Hawaii from Los Angeles in March, said in a federal lawsuit …

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Norma Rae: Keep Houston’s LGBT Rights Law

Yesterday Sally Field declared her support for Houston’s LGBT rights law by reprising the most iconic scene from her 1979 Oscar-winning Norma Rae performance. This morning Field, who has a gay son, will take part in a joint press conference with Houston civic leaders in support of the “Yes” side. The repeal referendum is Tuesday.

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All The People I Was Kissing, Some Are Here And Some Are Missing: 25 Years Of Being Boring [VIDEO]

It was 25 years ago this week in 1990 that the Pet Shop Boys released Behavior, the album that provided Being Boring, which many consider to be the most heart-wrenching and beautiful song about AIDS, loss, and survivorship. Christian Gerard at Pop Matters looks back: Being Boring sets a bittersweet tone for the album. “All the people I was kissing …

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WaPo: Hillary’s DOMA Story Gets Four Pinocchios

The Washington Post has reluctantly awarded Hillary Clinton its “four Pinocchios” Fact Checker rating for her claims about DOMA. After a lengthy look back into the history of DOMA, they conclude: This is a difficult claim to fact-check, because Clinton essentially explained what she believed her husband was thinking when he supported DOMA. Clearly, The Fact Checker has no insight …

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CALIFORNIA: Gay Porn Actor Sentenced To Six Years In Prison For Extorting Telecom Tycoon

Teofil Brank, who performed in gay porn as Jarec Wentworth, has been sentenced to six years in prison for extorting $500,000 and a luxury sports car out of Florida tech tycoon Donald Burns, who went to the FBI early this year after Brank’s blackmail demands escalated. The Los Angeles Times reports: At trial, Burns testified that he was “scared to …

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Hillary: I’ll Let The Banks Fail As President [VIDEO]

Hillary Clinton appeared on The Late Show last night, where she told Stephen Colbert that she’ll defend advances in gay rights as president. But the real buzz is about Clinton’s statement on banking. Politico has more: Hillary Clinton would not bail out big banks on the verge of failure if she faced a situation like the 2007 financial crisis, she …

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Julian Castro: Keep Houston’s LGBT Rights Law [VIDEO]

HUD Secretary Julian Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio, today urged Houstonians to retain their city’s HERO ordinance. In the clip below, Castro points out that the bill covers more than just LGBT rights. Castro, not incidentally, is on some shortlists to be Hillary’s running mate.

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BRAZIL: Documentary To Expose Anti-Gay Priests Who Have Virtual Online Sex With Men [VIDEO]

Well, this should be fascinating: After the Polish priest Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa came out as gay, the Vatican is about to suffer another heavy blow. The documentary ‘Amores Santos’ (Sacred Loves), due out in January 2016, tells the story of the priests who lead double-lives, condemning homosexuality from the pulpit but then enjoying virtual gay sex as soon as they …

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ITALY: High Court Orders Mayors To Remove Foreign Same-Sex Marriages From City Registries

Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano has won a battle before Italy’s highest administrative court which will force mayors to remove foreign same-sex marriages from city registries. Last year Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino defied Italian law by registering 16 marriages conducted abroad and his action was followed by several other mayors. The Gazzetta del Sud reports: “Last year my circular banning …

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INDIANA: Outed GOP Candidate Maintains That LGBT Citizens Don’t Need “Special Protections”

“I still believe in my heart of hearts that our gay and lesbian communities are protected currently under the law. If there are cases that need to be brought, let’s bring them. I don’t know why they feel they need special protections when there are other categories that might need protections. My little experimentation over the last six years hasn’t …

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HOUSTON: Mayor Annise Parker Makes $50K Matching Donation In Battle To Keep LGBT Rights Ordinance

From Houston Unites: We have a clear path to winning on Election Day and protecting Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO)—we need to knock on 60,000 doors and keep two TV ads on the air this week. Right now there isn’t enough money in the bank account to cover these expenses. That’s why until Thursday at midnight, Houston’s Mayor Annise Parker …

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New York Giants: You Can Play [VIDEO]

From the New York Daily News: The Giants came out strong in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes on Sunday with a star-studded video to help promote the You Can Play Project – an organization dedicated to the rights of LGBT coaches and athletes in sports. The video features six prominent Giants, including Victor Cruz and Prince Amukamara, …

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NAACP: Keep LGBT Rights In Houston

The NAACP has endorsed the “Yes” side in Houston’s battle to retain its LGBT rights law. In related news, the leaders of 16 local churches yesterday took part in a “Souls To The Polls” campaign in which they urged their congregations to support HERO. Recent polls show the “Yes” side leading by a slim margin with a large percentage of …

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LGBT Activists Ding Hillary On DOMA

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: Sen. Bernard Sanders isn’t the only one taking Hillary Clinton to task over her recent assertion that the Defense of Marriage Act was a “defensive” measure to prevent worse discrimination against LGBT people. A number of gay rights activists took to Twitter to say Clinton engaged in historic revisionism during her appearance Friday …

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POLAND: Anti-LGBT Right Wing Party Takes Parliament

The chance of any advances for LGBT rights in Poland were dashed yesterday as an anti-LGBT right wing party won a commanding number of seats in Parliament. Reuters reports: Poland’s eurosceptic Law and Justice party (PiS) claimed victory on Sunday in a watershed election that risks putting the ex-communist state on a collision course with key European Union allies. Run …

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